As I think I must have said before, finding a new branch of my family always begins with a rush, and photographs, documents and stories pass between us in a flurry of excitement. The best way I have found to make sense of the chaos is to write about it here. It makes me focus on the people, put things in order of date and place, and I can move forward from there.
I thought I was fine with finding the current new family, unlike other branches there are no repeats of Christian names, no endless fathers named William for example.
And then I stopped to recap things for myself and realised I have been calling my grand Uncle John and Jack, interchangeably. I really need to sort this out, so my first job this morning was to go back to basics and visit the ancestry.co.uk site to check some documents.
His birth, marriage and death documents have him down as ‘John’, so ‘Jack’ must be the family name he was called. I really can’t complain at people not using their birth names, I should be Jacqueline, but have always been Jackie.
The next information arriving here via Facebook was a couple of photographs of a watch that had belonged to John.
The back of the watch is inscribed with “To J A Dinnis from Staff RHQ Welsh Guards 26 Nov 65” which was 50 years ago today, which is some coincidence! The only information I have at the moment is that “it came from Wellington barracks, just down the road from Buckingham Palace. He trained the officers how to dress”. So I need to check all this out with other information I have.
For now I am enjoying just looking at the pictures of the watch and pondering its’ anniversary.